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A Greek Island Nature Diary

A unique and personal record of the flora and fauna of the Greek Islands.

This lavish journal presents highly-detailed watercolors and accompanying pencil drawings of flora, fauna, and other natural objects observed and collected by the artist Jani Tully Chaplin during her years living on Corfu and sailing the Ionian Sea on her family’s ocean-going catamaran. Chaplin’s evocative diary is culled from her notes and sketches made in remote coves, in the thickets of the littoral, and in the thyme-scented mountains of the interior. The book also includes fascinating, informative, and practical descriptions of the medicinal, olfactory, and culinary uses of the wild plants found in this naturalist’s paradise. Beyond Chaplin’s personal observations, the text reveals surprising links between Ancient Greek civilization and modern medicine, with references to Greek mythology and folklore intermingled with quotations from poetry and prose associated with the plants.

112 pages | 70 color plates | 7 x 9

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"Chaplin’s journal is a treasure trove. . . . The book includes many fascinating, informative and even practical descriptions of the medicinal and culinary uses of the plethora of wild plants and flowers found in this naturalist’s paradise. . . . Anyone who wishes can, like Tully Chaplin, be transported immediately back to the stunning beauty of Greece simply by reading her memoirs and gazing at her exquisite representations of the flora and fauna of the country."

Greek Reporter

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